Boomi Molecule on the AWS Cloud

Quick Start Deployment Guide

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July 2022
Ryan Vanderwerf - Partner Solutions Architect, Sean Williams - Partner Solutions Architect
Andrew Glenn - AWS Integration and Automation team, Dave May - AWS Integration and Automation team

Refer to the GitHub repository to view source files, report bugs, submit feature ideas, and post feedback about this Quick Start. To comment on the documentation, refer to Feedback.

This Quick Start was created by Boomi in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Quick Starts are automated reference deployments that help people deploy popular technologies on AWS according to AWS best practices. If you’re unfamiliar with AWS Quick Starts, refer to the AWS Quick Start General Information Guide.

Overview

This Quick Start deploys Boomi Molecule on the AWS Cloud. This guide covers the steps necessary to deploy this Quick Start.

This Quick Start is for users who are looking for an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that can be hosted on AWS. This Quick Start enables you to deploy a Boomi Molecule cluster on AWS and administer it through the Boomi AtomSphere platform.

Costs and licenses

This deployment requires a Boomi Molecule Enterprise license.

There is no cost to use this Quick Start, but you will be billed for any AWS services or resources that this Quick Start deploys. For more information, refer to the AWS Quick Start General Information Guide.

Architecture

Deploying this Quick Start with default parameters builds the following Boomi Molecule environment in the AWS Cloud.

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Figure 1. Quick Start architecture for Boomi Molecule on AWS

As shown in Figure 1, this Quick Start sets up the following:

  • A highly available architecture that spans two Availability Zones.*

  • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS.*

  • In the public subnets:

    • Managed network address translation (NAT) gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*

    • A Linux bastion host in an Auto Scaling group to allow inbound Secure Shell (SSH) access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in public and private subnets, with Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring.*

  • An Application Load Balancer to route traffic to the Boomi Molecule instances in the private subnets.

  • In the private subnets:

    • Boomi Molecule deployed to four Amazon EC2 instances.

    • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) mount points.

  • An Amazon CloudWatch alarm to monitor EC2 instances and initiate recovery actions if an instance fails.

* The template that deploys this Quick Start into an existing VPC skips the components marked by asterisks and prompts you for your existing VPC configuration.

Deployment options

This Quick Start provides the following deployment options:

This Quick Start provides separate templates for these options. It also lets you configure Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) blocks, instance types, and Boomi Molecule settings.

Predeployment steps

Prepare your Boomi account

Ensure that your Boomi account has at least one available Enterprise Molecule license. Ensure that you have a valid account ID, installation token, and API Key or username and password.

Deployment steps

  1. Sign in to your AWS account, and launch this Quick Start, as described under Deployment options. The AWS CloudFormation console opens with a prepopulated template. Deployment takes about 1 hour to complete.

  2. Choose the correct AWS Region, and then choose Next.

  3. On the Create stack page, keep the default setting for the template URL, and then choose Next.

  4. On the Specify stack details page, change the stack name if needed. Review the parameters for the template. Provide values for the parameters that require input. For all other parameters, review the default settings and customize them as necessary. When you finish reviewing and customizing the parameters, choose Next.

    Unless you are customizing the Quick Start templates for your own projects, don’t change the default settings for the following Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) parameters: Quick Start S3 bucket name, Quick Start S3 bucket Region, and Quick Start S3 key prefix. Changing these settings automatically updates code references to point to a new Quick Start location. For more information, refer to the AWS Quick Start Contributor’s Guide.
  5. On the Configure stack options page, you can specify tags (key-value pairs) for resources in your stack and set advanced options. When you finish, choose Next.

  6. On the Review page, review and confirm the template settings. Under Capabilities, select all of the check boxes to acknowledge that the template creates IAM resources that might require the ability to automatically expand macros.

  7. Choose Create stack to deploy the stack.

  8. Monitor the stack’s status, and when the status is CREATE_COMPLETE, the Boomi Molecule deployment is ready.

  9. To view the created resources, choose the Outputs tab.

Postdeployment steps

Test the deployment

To view the Molecule on Boomi AtomSphere, log in to your Boomi account. On the Manage, choose Atom Management. The newly created Amazon EC2 instance Molecule cluster is displayed.

Boomi dashboard with an unattached AWS-managed Molecule cluster

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You can attach Molecules to any environment you have staged and deploy workloads to that Molecule cluster. On the Boomi dashboard, your deployed Molecule is under Unattached Atoms. For more information, refer to Attaching an Atom to or detaching an Atom from an environment.

Security

This Quick Start deploys a bastion host and a Boomi Molecule cluster into an AWS VPC. The bastion host is the only means of accessing the Boomi Molecule cluster at a command-line level. The Boomi Molecule cluster is deployed into private subnets and cannot be reached through the internet. The Boomi Molecule cluster communicates through a NAT Gateway for updates and patches, and it communicates through the public-facing Application Load Balancer to communicate with the Boomi AtomSphere platform.

Performance monitoring

Monitoring the CPU, network, and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) performance of your AWS Boomi Molecule cluster is done through CloudWatch metrics.

CPU and network performance are measured in utilization, network in and out, network packets in and out, and system status checks.

Amazon EBS volume performance is measured in read and write throughput, average read and write size, read and write bandwidth, read and write latency, and volume idle time.

Amazon EFS reports metrics to CloudWatch and can be monitored there. Metrics include client connections, data read and data write bytes, and IO percent limits.

Creating an installation token

Administrators can create an installation token without having to share login credentials for an Atom/Molecule installation. To create an installation token, do the following:

  1. On the Manage menu, choose Atom Management.

  2. Choose New, Molecule.

  3. On the Build page, choose the Welcome tab.

  4. Under the Create heading, choose Molecule.

  5. Choose Security Options.

  6. In the Token Valid for field, select the length of time the token is valid (30 minutes to 24 hours).

  7. Click Generate Token.

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Figure 2. Molecule Setup

Creating an API token

Administrators can create a long-lived API token without having to share login credentials for an Atom/Molecule installation. To create an user API token, do the following:

  1. On the Settings menu, choose Account Information and Setup.

  2. Choose the AtomSphere API Tokens tab.

  3. Choose Add New Token.

  1. Enter a unique name for the token.

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Figure 3. New AtomSphere API Token
  1. Choose Generate Token.

  2. Choose Copy to copy the token string to the clipboard without exiting. When you are ready to exit, click Copy to Clipboard & Close to copy the token string and exit the dialog.

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Figure 4. Copying the token string

Copy the token key value to a secure location. It is recommended that you treat tokens with the same level of security as you would a password. If you lose it, you will have to generate a new token and revoke the old one.

Troubleshooting

For troubleshooting common Quick Start issues, refer to the AWS Quick Start General Information Guide and Troubleshooting CloudFormation.

Feedback

To submit feature ideas and report bugs, use the Issues section of the GitHub repository for this Quick Start. To submit code, refer to the Quick Start Contributor’s Guide. To submit feedback on this deployment guide, use the following GitHub links:

Notices

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